Actor Aditya Roy Kapoor managed to catch the critics’ eyes with Action Replayy, which released earlier this month. And now with Guzaarish, which releases this Friday, he hopes to double that impact.
“Both these films are in different spaces,” says Kapoor, who will be seen playing the role of a helper boy and student called Omar Siddiqui in the film. “I have literally heard folklore about Sanjay sir (director Sanjay Leela Bhansali) and the fact that he is so intuitive about performances, has made working with him more than great.”
In Action Replayy, Kapoor played the role of the lead couple’s (Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) son, and in Guzaarish, he will be seen as a helper-boy-turned-student who becomes part of Hrithik Roshan’s and Bachchan’s life.
“The roles are similar in a way, yet they are different. I am not their son in Guzaarish, I am just someone who brings some fun into their lives. And both Hrithik and Aishwarya were so helpful, they made it a point to tell me to ask them if I needed any sort of help,” says Kapoor, who never expected both his films to release so close to each other. “I thought they would release a few months apart. And people have different theories, some say it’s a bad thing, some say otherwise. But I try to make the most of it.”
The actor, who shares a lot of screen space with Roshan in the film, didn’t get a chance to work with paraplegics to get into his character. “I look at him (Roshan’s character) as an equal in the film, so not researching on how to work with paraplegics was my research. I had to treat him like I would treat anyone else.”
Even though his role in Action Replayy garnered good response, Kapoor finds it hard to blow his own trumpet. “People said the performance was spontaneous, natural and free,” he says, laughing. “But I don’t have much objectivity about my own acting yet.”
Yet, the experience has not been life changing. “I am still reading scripts and hoping some good stuff comes along,” says Kapoor, who feels it’s easier for new actors to break into Bollywood now, than it was a few years ago. “The different types of films being made these days have increased the scope of acting and roles. Of course, you do need to pay your dues and be lucky at some point, it’s never easy.”